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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Jerry Falwell Library

Library Administration

Angela M. Rice, B.A., M.L.S.
Dean, Jerry Falwell Library

Rachel E. Schwedt, B.A., M.L.S.
Associate Dean, Research and Customer Services

Lowell Walters, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Associate Dean, Library Technologies and Collection Services

Gregory A. Smith, B.A., M.L.S.
Director, Finance and Assessment

Library Faculty

Michael A. Cobb, A.A.S., B.A., M.L.S., M.A.
Electronic Resources Librarian

Kathryn Cox, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Erin R. Crane, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Electronic Books Librarian

Jessica Daly, B.S., M.L.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Kimberly J. Day, B.S., M.L.S.
Resource Sharing Librarian

Jeffrey M. Dull, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Liberty University Online Research Assistance Librarian

Thomas W. Fesmire, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S.
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Anne Foust, B.S., M.L.S.
Cataloging Librarian

Carl Merat, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Acquisitions Librarian

Randy L. Miller, B.S., M.S.
Graduate Research Assistance Coordinator

Shelley Oakley, B.S., M.L.I.S.
Curriculum Librarian

Rory Patterson, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S.
Coordinator, Undergraduate and Online Research Assistance

Elisa Rollins, B.A., M.P.P., M.L.I.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Abigail R. Sattler, B.S., M.S.

Cynthia Schmidt, B.S., M.S.
Head, Communication and Customer Services

Timothy Siegel, B.S., M.A.
Systems Librarian

Lori Beth Snyder, B.A., M.S.L.S.
E-Resource Cataloging Librarian

Howard "Rusty" Tryon, B.A., M.L.S., M.Div.
Head, Collection Management

Robert Weaver, B.A., M.L.S.
Collection Development Librarian

The Jerry Falwell Library is the focal point of academic life at Liberty. Strategically located in the center of campus, the library supports teaching, learning, and research by providing information, instruction, resources, spaces, and related services for the Liberty University community.

A collection of approximately 65,000 highly used and recently published titles is available for browsing. The rest of the collection is housed in an automated storage and retrieval system allows the library to conserve space for student use. With over thirty group study rooms, seven learning commons, outside terraces, and a spacious atrium, the library has spaces to support the needs of all students. The library is open across a wide range of hours each week during the academic term.

The Jerry Falwell library has state-of-the-art technology, including an active learning classroom where classes are offered in finding and using information. It also houses pixel tables, collaborative technologies for group study, a media wall and self-serve kiosks.

The computing resources within the library consist of 160 computers housed in a computer learning commons and stand-up stations throughout the facility. With the exception of machines reserved for library catalog searching, all library computers are pre-loaded with a variety of software titles available for student use, including Microsoft® Office, Adobe® Creative® Suite, Mathematica, and SPSS. 

All library computers have a high-speed connection to the Internet. In addition, wireless network signal is available throughout the facility, allowing laptop computer users to access the full array of network resources.

The library is an integral part of the educational process, providing digital and traditional information resources to support the University curriculum and mission. The Jerry Falwell Library collects and organizes resources across a wide range of media, including books, periodicals, audio-visual resources in various formats, musical scores, curriculum, and archival materials. Its physical collections consist of approximately 368,000 volume equivalents and 638 current periodical subscriptions.

While the Jerry Falwell Library expects to collect print resources for the foreseeable future, it has shifted to a significant degree from physical ownership to electronic access – a model that serves both residential and distance students. Digital information resources provided by the library include over 250,000 electronic items and content from more than 69,000 unique full-text journals.  The library provides access to more than 400 online research resources from companies such as Dow Jones, EBSCO, JSTOR, LexisNexis, OCLC, ProQuest, the American Psychological Association, Elsevier, Standard and Poor’s, and Gale Cengage. A large majority of these print and electronic resources are now available by searching a single discovery tool, Summon. Resources can be accessed directly from this one source or users are able to make a request for materials to be purchased which are not currently owned by our library.

Students and faculty can request materials from libraries across the United States through the library’s interlibrary loan service.  Books and media borrowed from local and in-state libraries are often available in less than three days. Copies of periodical articles are typically delivered in digital form, often within two days or less. 

The Jerry Falwell Library bears responsibility for collecting and providing access to academic publications and historical records created by members of the Liberty University community through their online repository known as the Digital Commons. Physical resources related to the history of the institution are housed in the Archive department.

The Curriculum Library, housed in the DeMoss building, supports the School of Education at Liberty University by providing access to a variety of instructional resources. Offerings include textbooks and teaching materials for pre-school through grade twelve as well as standardized tests. Educational games, manipulatives, and models enhance the collection.

An extensive selection of juvenile titles provides reinforcement for classes in Children’s Literature and Adolescent Literature in addition to classes in curriculum development. Materials related to educational theory and research can be found on the shelves of the main collection of the Jerry Falwell Library.

The Jerry Falwell Library functions are organized and serviced through a well-qualified faculty and staff.  A broad range of services is provided to help students and faculty use information resources and technology effectively. These services include classroom-based instruction, topic-specific workshops, personalized research assistance, and software support. The Customer Service Center on the main floor of the library serves as a starting point for help with borrowing services, research questions, and basic computer assistance. 

The Jerry Falwell Library provides many of its library services and resources to students in the Liberty University Online programs. Online students can access virtually all database resources through a proxy login system. In addition, online students have direct toll-free telephone and email access through the library’s Online Call Center, which provides access to a librarian specializing in online support.  A Customer Service Center, staffed with librarians and specially trained research support specialists, is available during all hours the library is open. The Jerry Falwell Library is committed to being the primary library for Liberty University Online students by offering timely personal contact and document delivery in order to meet their special needs. This includes the delivery of books and journal articles as well as research and reference services. Fees are assessed for copying, mailing, and faxing.

Academic libraries are undergoing significant changes as they adapt to the terms of a new information economy. Not only are information and technology resources in unprecedented demand, but they must be configured to support teaching, learning, and research regardless of the end user’s location. In this context, the Jerry Falwell Library benefits from collaboration with other agencies and professionals through membership in the Christian Library Consortium, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers,  Lyrasis, VICULA (Virginia Independent College and University Library Association), VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia), the Center for Research  Libraries, and other information services organizations.

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